A Multi-Animator Project (occasionally known as a Reanimation Project) is a type of Fan Animation (MAPs can be original but they're usually based on existing media) that follows the general formula of multiple animators animating one project. A frequent target is re-animating an episode of a show, or creating an Animated Music Video.
A multi-animator reanimation by definition, is a collaborative effort between animators, where one animator does a variable amount of the scene, and the next animator picks up from there in a different art style (some of which have a serious tone, while some go in the complete opposite direction). Basically it's a simple way of showcasing talent, for better or for worse, and the result is usually a very diabolical kind of insanity.
Reanimation is a relatively new trend, which has quickly become a tradition, recognised by both fans of the work being reanimated, and interested newcomers, due to the subtle humour derived from each animator's invocation of specific art styles, and the effort it took to make.
By nature, a sub-trope of Fan Animation. Its sister trope is the Shot-for-Shot Remake. Often crosses over with the Affectionate Parody as well. Art Shift is in full effect due to a number of animators with their own art styles.
Not to be confused with literal cartographic maps, and definitely not to be confused with Minor-Attracted People (the latter long being a point of frustration with MAP participants).
Works With Their Own Pages:
- Kirby: Right Back at Ya! has a reanimated collab, fittingly recreating the episode "Cartoon Buffoon".
- Two Sailor Moon episodes have been reanimated this way, as Moon Animake Make-up! and Moon Animate Make-up 2. Sadly, theyre only on YouTube, with no known mirror link, not even on Newgrounds.
- Dragon Ball has a project that recreates the eighth episode of the anime.
- Sonic Rebuilt, a complete reanimation of Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie (the 1999 OVA) by the same team that made Shrek Retold.
- Sonix X Reanimate, which recreates the 5th episode of Sonic X, "Cracking Knuckles".
- Perhaps one of the most known MAPs is Shrek Retold, which recreated the entirety of Shrek from the ground up (and by this we mean both recreating not only the visuals, but the audio as well), in both animated and live-action mediums.
- The "Be Prepared" song from The Lion King also got the Reanimated treatment.
- "All Dogs Reanimated" reanimates Don Bluth's All Dogs Go to Heaven song sequence, "You Can't Keep a Good Dog Down".
- "Shiny Reanimated", hosted by Schaffrillas Productions, reanimates Tamatoa's scenes from Moana (a character Schaff is quite fond of).
- There was a collaboration that several GModders redid Team Fortress 2's "Meet the Spy" trailer. It can be seen here. There's now a follow-up with "Meet the Medic".
- This is a Spyro the Dragon MAP based on the Classic games and The Legend of Spyro games.
- All the cutscenes for the Philips CD-i video game Hotel Mario were reanimated into a collab, as seen here.
- All the cutscenes from Link: The faces of Evil & Zelda: Wand of Gamelon have been reanimated in a single collab video here.
- There is a ongoing collab for Sonic Riders, which is aiming to reanimate all of the game's cutscenes, that being the intro, CGI, and in-game cutscenes. View the trailer here.
- Rhythm Heaven Reanimated features all minigames from Rhythm Heaven, including all the Endless Games, reanimated by over 140 animators.
- There is a on going collab for Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Subspace Emissary, recreating all of the cutscenes in the game. See the trailer here.
- Battle for Dream Island has an official re-animated collab of the first episode of its very first season, released to celebrate the series' ninth anniversary.
- An interesting case where the video wasn't animated prior — TheOdd1sOut made his "Embarassing Times to be Recognized" in this format.
- The creator of the famous Super Mario RPG cover "Rawest Forest" created a Multi-Animator Project of the cover's music video, seen here.
- Youtube channel "Eddsworld Reanimated" does this for the pre-Legacy episodes of Eddsworld. So far, only "WTFuture" has gotten this treatment, with "Spares" coming in the future.
- Team Fabulous 2 has its own one made here. Notably, this was created partially as tribute to the late creator of the original, as well as for a charity dedicated to cancer research (specifically leukemia).
- Super Mario Bros. Z has a reanimated project of one of the most iconic episodes of the original run, being Episode 6.
- SMG4's Mario Bloopers has a re-animated collab for one of its most famous episodes, "Who let the chomp out?", seen here.
- The Rat Movie: Mystery of the Mayan Treasure by Jerma has a reanimation of its own, which can be seen on Jerma's secondary channel.
- Game Grumps:
- "Animate A-Grump" was an MAP of the infamous third episode of Battle Kid, where Arin repeatedly tried and repeatedly failed to kill the plant boss.
- "The Grump Variations" is a variation where, instead of just animating a specific episode, clips from several different episodes were used to create a new scenario. This scenario was then animated.
- "Top That Remix" is, as the title says, a remix of a song that was made in the show, and its Music Video is a MAP.
- Oney Plays had a reanimated project of their one-off video on the Lord of the Rings DOS adventure game.
- JonTron: Jon got a bunch of animators together to make an animated music video for his cover of Katy Perry's "Firework". Watch it here.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog had Freaky Fred Reanimated!, which did over the "Freaky Fred" episode.
- The Trope Codifier goes to the Super Mario World Reanimated Collab, which remade the quite famous "Mama Luigi" episode.
- The Dover Boys was also Reanimated, making plenty of use with the short's deliberate use of Alternative Character Interpretation.
- The Simpsons: The memetic "Steamed Hams" skit from "22 Short Films About Springfield" got a reanimation collab in the form of "Steamed Hams but There's a Different Animator Every 13 Seconds."
- The Bob's Burgers episode "Brunchsquatch" was animated by over 60 different animators with their own unique art styles. Each animator was given a small section of the finished audio dialogue of the script and asked to animate it themselves, and the end result was a giant love letter to the fans of the series.
- Steven Universe has Gemanimate, a group which has organised three re-animations so far: one of the extended title sequence, one of the episode The Answer, and an on-going re-animation of the song Let's Only Think About Love.
- A lot of animators in the industry got together and re-animated the song "Wonderful Ways to Say No" from the infamous anti-drug PSA Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. A variety of different art styles are included.
- The Woody Woodpecker episode "The Bird Who Came to Dinner" was reanimated. This was a Brazillian project, a place in which Woody Woodpecker is very popular in.
- The Powerpuff Girls has the PPGReAnimate Project, a reanimation of the episode "Twisted Sister". It also honors the show's 20th anniversary.
- A reanimated collab of the first episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, "Help Wanted" can be seen here.
- The Legend of Zelda ReAnimated Series does this with various scenes from The Legend of Zelda cartoon.
- Felix the Cat's first cartoon, Feline Follies, was reanimated in "The Felix the Cat Centennial Feline Follies Reanimated Experience" to celebrate both the short and Felix's 100th birthday.
- Steamboat Willie Redux is one of the few examples of such a project endorsed by the company that owns the original material.
- Rayman: The Animated Series had its second episode, "No Parking", reanimated in The Rayman TV Reanimated Collab.
- Another Looney Tunes short, Duck Amuck gets the reanimated treatement, with a Twist Ending.
- An episode of Timon & Pumbaa, "Monster Massachusetts", will have one in honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the episode's airing.